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Kartchner Caverns State Park

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Wow! Amazing Site

This was an amazing stop. You will see a wonderous cavern and hear how it was discovered and kept a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mikal A
Chehalis, Washington

What an amazing cave discovered by two men in the 70's. You go in groups of 20. Ed, our leader... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Arkansas City, Kansas
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In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978...more
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2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was an amazing stop. You will see a wonderous cavern and hear how it was discovered and kept a secret for years. I recommend calling ahead for reservations as it hepls you plan your day. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Mikal A
Reviewed 5 days ago

What an amazing cave discovered by two men in the 70's. You go in groups of 20. Ed, our leader, was quite knowledgeable. Lights and all electronically done. Quite nice! 70's so not cold like most caves.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Kartchner in the evening an saw a great presentation on ancient Arabian constellations. The astronomer presenter was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions. The telescope part was rained out so we will have to go again in more gentle weather.

Thank elaineh00per
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just seen Carlsbad Caverns a week ago so my expectations for this cave was low. I was so wrong, this is a spectacular cave. The complex offers the cave tour, visitor center, and nearby camping areas including cabins. The Visitor's Center has public...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the park and hiking trails. It is peaceful and beautiful. The camp host was very helpful. Everything is quite clean. The RV site we had was spacious.

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was so much cooler than we imagined. Very accessible, even for people with limited mobility.

Thank Elissa369
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you aren't comfortable with the dark or being in a sealed cave, rest assured - the guides can get you out within minutes so relax and enjoy. The caverns are lit with soft lighting and feature fantastic stalagmites and stalactites. The guide provides...More

Thank tove b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was truly the most spectacular cave I have ever seen! Being an attraction that has recently been developed, the cave tour, visitor center & surrounding camp areas, including cabins, are top notch. Modern amenities, showers, gift & snack shops. Informative film & guides. My...More

Thank jcwingit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kartchner Caverns is a very well preserved cave structure. Highlighted by big room light show. It is handicap freindly. The guide was very knowledgeable and intertaining. The only draw back is you are not allowed to take pictures

Thank davidmuphy1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At first I was little skeptical, as we moved really slowly and didnt see much for the first part of excursion, but second half was amazing. Drapery and huge stalagmites were my favourite part. Also light show with music. It is well worth the visit!

Thank Terezia M
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Richard H
June 13, 2018|
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Response from Quetzel55 | Reviewed this property |
There are two different 1.5 hour tours: the Rotunda/Throne tour and the Big Room Tour. Each 1.5 hour tour is $23 per adult; $13 per child. There is also a park entrance fee of $7 per car.
December 28, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer E | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.